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May 06, 2010

No registered football hooligans coming to South Africa

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Cape Town looks forward to welcoming English football fans. Photo courtesy Charles Fred

The managing director of the Cool Britannia music festival has assured that known English football hooligans will not be coming to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ next month.

Addressing the media at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) this week, Conor Nolan, a British resident, said that “registered” English football hooligans were required to hand in their passports before the start of the tournament. They also have to report to their nearest police station on the day of every England international.

He was responding to a question about whether the Cool Britannia music festival would attract football hooligans.

According to Yahoo Sport, around 3 200 English fans will have to surrender their passports before kick-off on June 11, because of previous misdemeanours.

Revealing plans to host a “32-day party” at the CTICC, along with hospitality company Global Icons, Nolan announced that superstar, DJ FatboySlim, would perform at the party on June 18, after England play Algeria at Cape Town Stadium.

The South African Police Services last week held demonstrations at the stadium, to prove that they were ready to control unruly fans during the event.

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